Friday, 12 September 2014

Calling out to the New Students of Carlisle!

Today, after a visit of a dull and empty looking studio myself and James thought that we should make a poster to advertise The Brickyard, and help spruce the place up. 

Not only did we want to do this because we are bored as hell, but also because we love The Brickyard and being poster designers for there, and fans of the acts they put on, we want the venue to last and be able to get more and more acts.

We thought about it and realised that it really is our favourite venue in Carlisle and also noticed that a lot of our fellow designers like to attend gigs there too. So we thought, well what about all the new students, they need to know about this lovely place too!

All that aside, the main reason we made this is because we wanted to post up and show off our posters around our campus, and after talking to Mark (from The Brickyard) we were informed that he was no longer allowed to put posters from their in the campus.

Not only was our ego battered a little bit, and we felt a little disheartened, we realised something more important. If the massive influx of student don't know about The Brickyard, then we'll possibly be out of design jobs, great gigs and even better times.

So this was our super cheesy solution.

Coming to wall of a bathroom near you!

Our solution probably isn't the greatest solution, but it's totally worth a shot.
If the poster isn't actually done or made by The Brickyard, but instead a student, then I should be fine to sit within the confines of the campus.

So after a little research, some textures, a cheesy photo and a few free hours—The image above is our final result. We'll see how long this actually lasts on the walls, but I love this venue and I'll do my best to keep like-minded people going and help generate business to keep great bands playing!

And finally this sounds a little audacious, but I know the two gents of Snask support my feelings for this lovely place, and if they see this, HELP A BROTHER OUT!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Britton for Britain.

Just a quick one this time.

I was contacted by my friend Emma Whitaker who is a very good Downhill rider, but is having to film other very good Downhill riders because she was being a very good rider in a very good riders contest and then became a very good rider out of control and wrapped around a tree.

Actually I made up the tree bit, but I imagine it was something to that same idea of pain.

Anyway, after babbling on she had contacted me because she wanted a little bit of typography done for a short trailer she is making for her friend and fellow rider Jonny Britton.
So I threw around some ideas with her and decided to help create a small bit of branding for him; as the trailer is designed to get him noticed and recognised in the downhill scene.

I tried to create some branding because his surname is Britton, and he'll be racing in Britain.
This doesn't sounds like too much of an issue, but because of the way our brains work; instead of reading each single letter to read the word, we read the first few and then link it to words we already know.

And because I helped with this so he could be noticed, I thought we should make his surname a little bit of branding just to illimate the problem of people just seeing 'Jonny Britain' instead of 'Jonny Britton, talented downhill rider'.

A test image of the final product to explain what I'm raving on about.

The trailer itself is titled "Jonny Britton – Try Harder" because he has to always try harder and harder, until he reaches the point where somebody finaly goes, GOD DAMN THAT YOUNG MAN IS TALENTED AND I SHOULD PAY HIM LOTS OF MONEY AND BUY HIM MANY MANY BIKES!

But anyway, it was a lot of fun and I loved to try and help him on his way and will happily do so until the point where he is nailing it down Fort William with some super expensive bike with 24-carat plated bars (or something crazy like that).

Have a look and this good man!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

I do not dread design for Skindred

Early this week I saw that The Brickyard had announced the booking of Skindred, so I messaged Mark straight away and asked whether he had anyone designing the poster as yet. Luckily for me, he hadn't hired anyone for the job just yet, and so I snapped up the opportunity.

I started the design process by looking at the style of the band, and their influences, their previous posters and their self-listed genres. I already knew a little about their style but I realised that they have a range of genres listed, that I was unaware of. So I researched more about the style of design in Metal, Hip-hop, Punk and Reggae; even though I had a good idea about design in some of those genres due to a musical education I have received from my buddy James.

I had received their logo, and their most recent album art work—of which the tour is to celebrate. I firstly played around with those images to get my idea of structure off my sketchbook page and onto my computer. After a short while of trying to incorporate professionally created fonts, I realised it just didn't work and set on to incorporating hand drawn text into the poster because it fits my structure better but also it fit's the genre and style that the band are.

The main styles I wanted to display and include are the colours from the album cover; the colours of the reggae genre, the roughness and hand-made ideology of the punk scene, the darkness and distressed feel of the metal scene and the imagery of the hip-hop genre.

I hope all my ideas are shown present in this.

In the end of the design process; I really like this poster and I have been informed by the bands promoter that the band also do. They have asked me if they can have some prints made of this poster, and I am going to try my best to make a nice set of screen prints for them of this poster.

When they are made, I will update it and show all you lovely people the prints I have made!

What's more scary than Halloween? The 90's

It's a fair point, there isn't much that can be recognised to be a scarier event, time or item than Halloween, but the era of the 90's is definitely even more terrifying.

I was asked by The Brickyard if I could design a poster for their horrendously beautiful idea of a 90's night as a Halloween special. I mean, what better way to celebrate the general acceptance of social fear, terribly made plastic crap and tiny tiny luminous dresses than the 90's.

The idea I had was to make the poster as horrendous as era it's self. So clearly it had to be bright, obnoxious and full of bad fonts.

Mind your eyes children.
I don't know what else to say about this, other than, my god, it's so fun to design ugly.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ado-be-Gone #6 – A happy accident.

So, with this edition of my "Ado-be-Gone" you will realise it's rather similar to the previous one; as they both use flour. But with this one it was a complete accident.

The other week I bought some card letter-forms from hobbycraft as I liked the 'sort of helvetica' shape there are, as they were obviously modelled on a font, but made very sloppily and had now created a new sans serif of poor structure. I also bought them because are made from flammable material, so I could burn them in order to make a flame engulfed profanity!

As I arranged the letters in the kitchen on our huge chopping board, I opened the cupboard in the hope to find some sweets (which I unconsciously knew weren't there) and I accidentally knocked Gabriella's flour from the cupboard and it fell over my letters. I realise after a second of panic that I will have a cool negative typography layout on the chopping board, so I sprinkled a tad more down to raise definition of the letters and grabbed my camera.

Ironically, the words I was spelling out, is exactly what I said when I say 1kg of self-raising flour fell at me.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sketchbookin' ain't nothin'

I hope you are loving the terrible grammar in the title of this post, because I've been listening to Hip Hop, non-stop for the past few days and it had to make it into my blog at some point.
Over these holidays – which seems to be lasting forever – I've been keeping myself as busy as possible for two reasons, to improve and to avoid the ailment known as 'netflixitus', so as every good designer would, I attacked my sketchbook with my pens as often as possible.

I featured this double spread because it's the only one with completely legible text upon it, and I quite like the blackletter font I was working on, on the right hand side. Wait, a blackletter style font in brown? FONTCEPTION!

But this is where my third Moleskine sits currently. A half empty double spread with a brush script style that I working on mastering, with a very true quote "I'm filling this book too fast" which wouldn't be an issue if I wasn't a Moleskine fanboy, and they aren't cheap.

Anyway, I'm having a nice holiday (even if it's seeming too long) and I've kept myself busy with posters, self-initiated things, zines and my sketchbooks. I hope you are having a nice time too, and if you are a course buddy, see you soon!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Motown & Soul strikes again!

Once again I've done the poster for Carlisle's premium Motown & Soul evening, and this time I think it looks even better than the rest. This time I realised I hadn't thrown enough Women into the mix – which I really should of – because they were the absolute shining star of the Motown movement.

So I couldn't of picked a better image to use. Of course, I got a brilliant and beautiful image of the Supremes, who are arguably the most famous and successful act to record under the Motown label.

To start the poster, I altered the image with a blue colour overlay; which added a little style and removed it from being the original raw image which is so famous that it would distract from the poster itself, due to it's recognition from fame. I then decided to start to distress the image, to make it look like the age the image should be, which really worked and added to the style I wanted to portray.

I followed a similar style of typography structure for this poster as the previous to make it link in and hopefully create a brand or running theme. You already know what else I'm likely to babble on about, so I'll show you the poster and save myself the hassle.

Anyway, if you live under a rock or are stupid enough not to look at my posters, there is a Motown & Soul night being hosted at The Brickyard regularly and you should be there, because there is very little music better than this out there. True fact.

Any critique would be very much appreciated.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Beautiful glyphs that I bet you've never used! #2

Second edition to the glyphs posters – and this time I've been a good post-modernist, looking very closely at Russian Constructivism for my main structural content.

I decided to tackle the one glyphs that I knew very little about, but knew when I saw it being used incorrectly. I have seen many people use the 'dagger symbol' as a Christian cross and it it's lowest the 'double dagger' be used as a replacement for the Yen currency symbol.

Whilst designing I stuck to using Akzidenz Grotesque as I felt it matched the style of not only Lizzitsky and Rodchenko but the whole style of the movement. I went traditional black and red, just to relate even more to the style. The sharp bold edges with straight lines really worked well with the diagonals and strong anchor points that Constructivism often holds; even if my poster contains about 400%  more text than the originals.

I would say Rodchenko would be proud, but I highly doubt it.

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